Colossians 4:1 –
- In talking about “Masters” in this passage and context (Colossians 3:22-25), we are talking about slave owners (Ephesians 6:5).
- Having said that, the word translated “Masters” means: “(supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title): - God, Lord, master, Sir” (Strong’s # 2962). In most other Scriptures the word is translated “Lord” (748 x’s) and is most often in reference to the Lord (i.e. Matthew 1:22, Matthew 4:10, etc.).
- They were to be just and equal rewarders towards their slaves (Ephesians 6:8-9).
- There were abuses of this in the first century among supposed brethren (James 5:1-6).
- The reminder of there being a Master in Heaven to whom even those in any kind of authority must answer to (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29, Acts 17:30-31, Romans 14:11-12, and II Corinthians 5:10).
Colossians 4:2 –
- Continue in prayer (Luke 18:1, Romans 12:12, Philippians 4:6-8, Colossians 4:12, and I Thessalonians 5:17-18).
- Watch in prayer (Matthew 26:41 and I Peter 4:7).
- With thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:15-17, I Timothy 4:1-5, and Hebrews 13:15).
- For those in the first century, prayer was the vehicle used even when it came to spiritual gifts (Jude 1:20). *More on this in the next two verses.
Colossians 4:3 –
- Withal [also; at the same time] praying for us [Paul and Timotheus; Colossians 1:1] (Romans 15:30-32, I Thessalonians 5:25, and Hebrews 13:18).
- Pray for an open door [an entrance or opportunity for the Gospel] (I Corinthians 16:9, II Corinthians 2:12, and II Thessalonians 3:1) as God directly worked in this manner in the first century (Acts 8:26-29, Acts 10:19, Acts 13:1-4, and Acts 16:1-10).
- Paul was often in prison for preaching the Gospel (Acts 16:16-25, Acts 28:17, II Corinthians 11:23, Ephesians 3:1, Ephesians 4:1, Philemon 1:1, Philemon 1:9, and II Timothy 2:8-10).
Colossians 4:4 –
- Pray that Paul might preach as He ought to (Acts 4:23-31 and Ephesians 6:18-20).
- Remember, there is a HUGE difference in how God worked directly through the Apostles, etc. (Matthew 10:16-20, Acts 2:4, I Corinthians 2:9-13, Galatians 1:10-12, and Philippians 1:18-19) and the fact that He does NOT today work in such a way at all through those whom teach based on what they’ve been taught (II Timothy 2:2).
- Contextually, “it” is the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:3; cf. Romans 16:25-26).
- Preaching had/has to be not only the message of truth, but the proper delivery of it as well (II Corinthians 2:12-17 and II Corinthians 4:1-7).
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